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Copyright troll Righthaven retreats on infringement suit

Nov 23, 2010, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"As the holiday season approaches, the Righthaven law firm has opted to give peace a chance. The scan-for-content-and-sue outfit has extended an olive branch to one of its latest targets—the Democratic Underground web site. Like the law firm's previous victims, DU posted some text from Righthaven's main client, the Las Vegas Review Journal, and was consequently sued for cash under the claim of copyright infringement.

"But suddenly Righthaven has had a change of heart, as its attorneys told the United States District Court of Nevada this week. The operation has submitted a motion to the dismiss the suit, "all in the spirit of judicial economy."

""Though Righthaven firmly believes that the Defendants are liable for copyright infringement, the non-holistic [partial] nature of the Defendants' unauthorized textual reproduction is such that reasonable minds may disagree as to the legitimacy of a fair use defense," the firm told the judge."

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